AT their annual general meeting last week, the Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands elected Bishop Arnold Orowae of Wabag (right) as their new president and Archbishop Steve Reichert (left) of Madang as deputy president.
The two men serve through the Central Committee, which is elected every three years, and whose other members are Bishop Rochus Tatamai of Bereina, Bishop Gilles Cote' of Daru-Kiunga and Archbishop Douglas Young (Finance).
On Tuesday, the bishops were addressed by the committee established by the PNG government for the resettlement of asylum seekers. The committee also sought the bishops’ views on the issue. Dame Carol Kidu is chairperson of the committee which is expected to give its report to Cabinet this week.
The bishops discussed other issues including education, health and the conference pastoral plan.